• How ICD-10 Will Benefit Your Practice Image

    articleApr 15, 2014 | 2 min. read

    How ICD-10 Will Benefit Your Practice

    So, the transition to ICD-10 is going to require that providers complete some prep work—that is, if said providers want a successful transition. But it’s not all bad news. Come the mandatory transition date, there will be some pretty sweet benefits: “From proper observation and documentation to improved clinical documentation, progress notes, operative reports, and histories, the benefits of ICD-10 begin with enhanced clinical documentation enabling [providers] to better capture patient visit details and lead to better …

  • Compliance Expert Tom Ambury Talks ICD-10 Image

    articleApr 10, 2014 | 3 min. read

    Compliance Expert Tom Ambury Talks ICD-10

    Everyone has been gearing up in preparation of the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 implementation deadline. (Even CMS changed their claim form requirements: beginning on April 1, 2014, if you submit paper claims, you must use CMS1500 version 2/12 instead of version 8/05.) No one thought there would be another delay—that is, until Thursday, March 27, when the House of Representatives passed HR 4302, a bill that contained a provision to delay the implementation and extend the therapy …

  • PT Primer for Coding Pain and Injuries in ICD-10 Image

    articleApr 9, 2014 | 6 min. read

    PT Primer for Coding Pain and Injuries in ICD-10

    One of the most talked about—and most feared—characteristics of ICD-10 is the massive size of the new code set. Whereas ICD-9 contains approximately 13,000 diagnosis codes, ICD-10 has around 68,000—an increase of more than fivefold. With so many codes to choose from, how can you be sure you’re selecting the right one—or even looking in the right place? Well, two of the main reasons patients seek physical therapy are injury and/or pain. So, let’s start there. Here …

  • ICD-10: Fact or Fiction Image

    articleApr 3, 2014 | 5 min. read

    ICD-10: Fact or Fiction

    As with any major change, the rumor mill churns at a mighty pace. With all the hearsay, telephone games, and disbursement of misinformation, it’s easy for the myths to swallow the truth. No worries, though; we’re here to sort the fact from the fiction. Fiction: Coders will spend an overwhelming amount of time dealing with external cause codes. Fact: From being struck by an orca to getting injured while crocheting, Chapter 20 of the ICD-10-CM Manual , …

  • 5 Ways the Affordable Care Act is Impacting Physical Therapists Image

    articleMar 6, 2014 | 6 min. read

    5 Ways the Affordable Care Act is Impacting Physical Therapists

    Ever since the federal government got the ball rolling on healthcare reform legislation—a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act—it’s been a hot topic of conversation among providers and consumers alike. For the last few years, discussions about the effects of the new healthcare law were purely speculative; but now that the ACA go-live date has come and gone, a clearer picture of its impact—particularly in the realm of outpatient physical therapy—is starting to emerge. Here’s a breakdown of how …

  • Everything You Need to Know About the Medicare 8-Minute Rule Image

    articleNov 11, 2013 | 5 min. read

    Everything You Need to Know About the Medicare 8-Minute Rule

    In honor of this month’s compliance theme, here’s everything you need to know about how therapists determine what to bill to Medicare for outpatient therapy services (a.k.a. the 8-Minute Rule): CPT Codes  There are two types of CPT codes you’ll need to understand in order to bill properly: service- and time-based. Service-based (or untimed ) codes are those that you’d use for things like conducting a physical therapy evaluation or re-evaluation, applying hot/cold packs, or performing electrical …

  • articleSep 26, 2013 | 3 min. read

    Has Your Practice Sent Out Employer Health Care Reform Notices Yet? The Deadline is October 1.

    If you’re in the same boat as I am, you may be wondering where summer went. It was just July. And yet somehow, Tuesday marks the first day of October. That means we should expect to see Christmas decorations cluttering grocery store aisles any day now and that Health Care Reform Notices (a.k.a. notice of coverage options under Fair Labor Standards Act) are due to employees. So here is your friendly reminder to send them out—soon. If …

  • articleJul 8, 2013 | 1 min. read

    APTA 2013: Ten Tips for Better Accounts Receivables

    With all of the updates in the therapy landscape today, it’s crucial to stay on top of the changes. Managing your accounts receivables is more important than ever. In June, I had the opportunity to speak at the APTA 2013 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. There, I shared my ten tips for better accounts receivables. Conference attendees were abuzz with all the upcoming regulatory changes: functional limitation reporting, HIPAA, PQRS, ICD-10. With these all looming, they …

  • articleJun 20, 2013 | 5 min. read

    What Every Small Business Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act

    As a small business owner, it can seem like an uphill battle simply trying to keep everything straight—and with increasing caseloads, regulations, and legislation, you certainly have your hands full. That’s why we here at the WebPT blog have been busy compiling all sorts of useful, actionable information for you—think of us as a much-needed third hand. Today, your third hand is going to tackle the Affordable Care Act. One year ago (June 2012) the Supreme Court …

  • webinarApr 9, 2013

    Learn the Language of Billing

    We’re on a mission to help you learn the billing alphabet, the language of codes, and the rubric of regulations. We want to help you get paid; teach you to tell your patients’ stories with precision and passion; and educate you on the correct process so you can use it precisely to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want and deserve. In this 60-minute session, PT Heidi Jannenga, billing expert Stacey Abelman, and marketing manager Mike …

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